When Bastian Schweinsteiger moved to Old Trafford 12 months ago, it was hoped the experienced German was exactly who Louis van Gaal needed to martial Manchester United back to the Premier League's summit.
Unfortunately, the reality has been a very different story and after being told to train with the Red Devils' under-23 side, Schweinsteiger's future looks increasingly bleak.
The 32-year-old's only previous club was Bayern Munich and one of his former teammates has offered his support and boldly predicted where Schweinsteiger will end up eventually.
Philipp Lahm, also 32, has spent most of his club and international career playing alongside the recently retired German captain and has claimed Schweinsteiger isn't finished with Bayern just yet.
Injury problems blighted Schweinsteiger's first season in English football but his performances at Euro 2016 proved the midfielder still has at least a few more years at the top before hanging up his boots.
But once he does decide to call time on his career, Lahm claims his old ally is 'destined to return' to the German champions.
In an interview with German publication, Bild, Lahm said: "It is important to get players who achieved a lot involved.
"Someone like Schweinsteiger is destined to work at Bayern again.
"He knows everyone here and knows about everything that is going on."
It will please the Bayern icon that he is still so fondly thought of at his former club, a statement echoed by chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
"We are happy to sit down with him if he ever expresses a desire to return to Bayern in a different role," Rummenigge added.
After spending such a significant period of his life at one club it was always going to be difficult for Schweinsteiger to immediately adjust to his new surroundings at Carrington.
But Mourinho is currently in the process of moulding the Man United squad into his own and clearly doesn't want to risk relying on a player who spent so much of last season on the sidelines.
Schweinsteiger's replacement looks like it will eventually be Paul Pogba, with developments reportedly being made every day to bring the Juventus star to Old Trafford.